Clue #1

54. Seize the opportunity to begin solving this puzzle in the same way that you would start to solve any other puzzle, where the name is the same.

Hint: Use a synonym to snatch a jigsaw puzzle and think about where you start it.  Look it up and begin on the road whose name matches your answer.

Hint:  Don’t sleep on the job; get a firm grasp on the clues.  We don’t want you going round and round with the hints, so square up your thoughts and go.

Answer: The synonym for “seize,” “snatch,” and “grasp” is grab. Many people start a jigsaw puzzle with the corners. “Grab Corners” is a historical term used for what is now known as Campau Square. “Don’t sleep…” and “…round and round…” meant not to start at Knapp Corner or Rosa Parks Circle, respectively. Campau Avenue is the road whose name matches that answer.

Clue #2

121. They did not make the news, but follow them to the ends anyway.

Hint: Direct your attention to what is often believed to be derived from an acronym, then go (but not past where the pool meets the lake).

Hint:  Follow the directions, in order, to the ends of the roads.  The construction worker, police officer, Native American, sailor, cowboy, and biker could tell you when you are three-quarters finished.

Answer: The word NEWS is often thought to be derived from the cardinal directions of North, East, West, South, but it is not. If you follow the roads to the ends, in that order, you travel along Campau Avenue (North), Pearl Street (East), Pearl Street to where it changes to Lake Michigan Drive at the YMCA (“where the pool meets the lake” and hence the Village People reference) (West), and finally onto Winter Avenue/Watson Street (South).

Clue #3

84. Pass Hall on the right, then head west the first chance that you get.

Hint: If you study this clue, you will learn that it is not Hall St. to which it is referring.

Answer: “Study” and “learn” make reference to schooling, in this case to Winter Hall on the right as you head north. Fulton is the first chance that you get to head west.

Clue #4

71. Turn towards the north, reach an end, mark it.

Hint: This clue is complete at the name change.

Answer: Fulton veers north and ends as it merges with Lake Michigan Drive. This is the first marker.

Clue #5

15. Begin anew with misspelled farms in the valley.

Hint: Look up the meaning of a road in Grandville that is not spelled correctly.

Answer: Navaho Street should be Navajo Street. The meaning of the word is “farm fields in the valley.”

Clue #6

142.  Take a president to an aptly-named location where two tools are not commonly seen.

Hint: The name of the location is a combination of the tools being used there.

Answer: Take Wilson Avenue south until you get to Ironwood Golf Course. This is aptly-named due to the irons and woods used in golf, while the “two” tools refer to the 2 Irons and 2 Woods rarely seen while doing so.

Clue #7

112.  Travel east past a directional avenue until Google Maps says that you cross water. Don’t stop for a break.

Hint: Continue on where it continues on.  It has to be Google Maps that you use and street view helps.

Answer: Go east on 68th Street and continue to travel on it past Ivanrest Avenue where it resumes after Byron Center Avenue. Once you pass the directional Eastern Avenue, Google Maps shows you crossing a small stream, but you do not. This can be verified using street view.

Clue #8

31. Take the next left, mark it.

Hint: Mark it at the end of water’s side.

Answer: The next left is Creekside Park Drive. The end of this road is the second marker.

Clue #9

84.  Make a fresh start by asking, “Which plot of land?”

Hint: This is not a dead end, but a new beginning if you understand the folkloric homophone.

Answer: The homophone here is “Which,” as in “Witch.” The plot of land is referring to a burial plot, hence the “dead” reference. In Grand Rapids folklore, Findlay Cemetery is claimed to be haunted by the Ada Witch (even though this has been historically proven to be untrue). Start the next leg of the journey there.

Clue #10

31.  One should block off some time to see this wondrous sight.

Hint: Go north the designated distance.

Answer: The image in this clue displayed the ancient city of Luxor in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. “One…block” tells you how far north to travel on Egypt Valley Avenue, arriving at Knapp Street once you do.

Clue #11

34.  Travel 7.5 miles west and turn north.

Hint: This clue is self-explanatory.

Hint: Stop “for” a right turn.

Answer: Traveling 7.5 miles west on Knapp Street puts you at Plainfield Avenue. The homophone “for” (meaning “Fore!”) makes reference to the Kent Country Club golf course on that corner.

Clue #12

31.  17° 9’ N 88° 84’ W.  This number could tell these residents of AD 777 where to stop and turn.  Base your answer on 20/20 hindsight.

Hint: Locate this location and look up its history.  Correctly “base” your answer on the coordinates already provided.

Hint: Covert the number to the Mayan numerical system, written in modern format.

Answer: Entering the coordinates into a mapping system, you arrive at Tikal, Guatemala. This was a city governed by the Mayan civilization during the year listed, whose citizens had a Base 20 numbering system. If you take the coordinates that you already used (1798884) and convert this to a vigesimal system (Base 20), it reads B4H44. B4 = before, H44 = Highway 44. In other words, when looking at a map, it means to turn right onto Fuller Avenue.

Clue #13

12. Travel to and turn on a road whose surname eventually merges a single Bing Crosby hit.

Hint: “Call” attention to a first name only road whose last name combines with the road it turns into, which has a colorful meaning, to create the singular form of the song.  Stop at the combination.

Hint: Did you know that “It’s Christmastime in the city”?  You will “rock” this hunt of you find where the roads meet.

Answer: Go south until you come to Alexander Street. “Call” refers to a phone, which was invented by Alexander (Graham) Bell. Alexander Street turns into Argentina, which means “Land of Silver,” and hence, the colorful meaning. This gives you Silver Bell, the singular form of the Bing Crosby song and the previous line to, “It’s Christmastime in the city.” The cross street to Alexander/Argentina is Plymouth, where the “rock” reference enters.

Clue #14

112.  Turn right to see that the path to discovering the myth lies between two cities.

Hint: Look at the names of the surrounding streets and non-streets.

Hint:  You may have to zoom in on the map.

Answer: If you zoom in on the online map, you will see Interurban Trail to the south (Interurban means “between two cities”). This non-street leads to El Dorado (the myth).

Clue #15

11.  Follow the cross street north to the end, past a name change. Go 900 feet southeast, park it.

Hint: You can believe that it is not a park to which this clue is referring.

Hint:  What do you get when you cross “the gilded one” with Celtic France?  Answer: Where you turn north.

Answer: El Dorado means “the gilded one,” while Breton refers to a region in France once ruled by the Celts. So, turn north from El Dorado Drive onto Breton Road. If you follow Breton Road north, it changes to Lakeside Drive. Following this to the end and going 900 feet southeast, you end up at Wealthy Park Baptist Church, which is where the “believe” and non-park come into play. This is the third marker on your journey.

Clue #16

63.  Find the point equidistant from the sides of the triangle formed by connecting 71, the first 31, and 11.  This is the location of the treasure, while the specific location has already been provided.  Good luck and have fun!

Hint: Look up incenter.

Additional hint: The numbers at the beginning of each clue make reference to the individual clue to which they are connected.  The certificate’s specific location is revealed.

Additional hint: A Caesar salad can come in a box.  For an extra example, try the following:  NREEWNYVCEEEORLL

Answer: In geometry, the incenter of a triangle is the point equidistant from the sides. It is found at the intersection of the angle bisectors of the vertices. If you use the three markers previously mentioned, the incenter is in the northwest corner of Oak Hill Cemetery. As for the numbers before each clue, they refer to the word and letter of that word in each clue. For example, the 54 in Clue #1 means go to word 5 and letter 4 of that word. In this case, it would be an I. Doing that for each clue, you get IETENEHNTBECRYFE. This corresponds to the last hint as well, alluding to a Caesar box. It is a coding technique where you make a box (in this case 4×4) and write each letter horizontally, but then read vertically. The original code results in “IN TREE BY THE FENCE,” while the last hint says, “NW CORNER EYE LEVEL.” So, the $5000 certificate was hidden at eye-level in a tree in the northwest corner of Oak Hill Cemetery. With it now complete, we hope that you had fun in this first-ever Metro Area Treasure Hunt!

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